Karl Fuls (kfuls@ICSCAD.COM)
Mon, 1 May 1995 17:11:11 -0400
On Mon, 26 Apr 1995, Lucas James wrote some of these snippets excised from a
rather verbose response (mostly copy of original posting) to the smoking issue:
> On the same hand, would you have us ask pedophiles to leave If they
>didn't stop the pedophilic activities?
> You can kill kids (or severly damage them) by second hand smoke.
>And encouraging them to smoke themselves (by your actions saying:
>"Its OK to smoke") you could also kill or mame them.
Campfires? Canoeing? Hiking? Rock Climbing? Gas Stoves? Pocket Knives?
> Would you class a pedophilic habit a "secondary concern"? I think
>not. Smoking can be as or more damaging as pedophilic activities (heck,
>it can KILL you), yet you seem to brush smoking aside as if it were no
>more than not blowing your nose.
Personally, I resent my smoking habit being compared to (and being
considered worse than) the psyche of a pedophile. I'd rather have one of my
children exposed to second-hand smoke for ten years than leave them alone
with a pedophile for ten seconds.
Smoking is a personal choice (not a good one, but still a choice) that
should be exercised with consideration, whether at a Scouting event, at
work, or any public place. I take great pains to avoid inflicting my evil,
death cloud on anyone in my vicinity and, when asked politely, will stop
immediately. However, when I'm told, in no uncertain terms, that I HAVE TO
put my cigarette out when the complaining party has approached me from
across the lawn, the park, the road,etc. for the sole purpose of making me
stop smoking, I exercise my right to continue smoking.
I concur with National Policy regarding smoking in front of the kids, I
recognize the adverse effect of smoke on the smoker and those around
him/her, and I try to be as sensitive as I can to those nearby when I light
up. I also take every opportunity to berate by terrible habit to the boys
and urge them to never start. To think that they will never smoke if no one
ever smokes in front of them is naive. But I hunker down and dig in when
someone hysterically berates me and my fellow smokers when our lifestyle
offends them or our ideas differ from theirs.
Mr. James continues:
> It is still a free country here, too, but there is a push to rid
>Australia of smoking, for the most part. ...............(balance deleted)
It appears Australia may be a free county now, but once any government
controls the habits and personal decisions of it's people, where is the
After smoking is eliminated (in whatever country), it's time to take on the
other health evils: caffiene (another addictive killer), fat, cholestoral,
sodium, sugar, vehicle exhaust, every type of water pollution, etc.
Let me know when it's safe to go outside again.....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City